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CARBONIC GOLEM
Drawn 1999, adapted 2002

FREQUENCY: Very Rare
NO. APPEARING: 1
ARMOR CLASS: 0
MOVE: 7"
HIT DICE: 110 hit points
% IN LAIR: nil
TREASURE TYPE: nil
NO. OF ATTACKS: 1
DAMAGE: 6-60
SPECIAL ATTACKS: nil
SPECIAL DEFENSES: See below
MAGIC RESISTANCE: See below
INTELLIGENCE: Non-
ALIGNMENT: N
SIZE: L (11' tall, very broad)
PSIONIC ABILITY: nil
LEVEL/XP: IX / 19,000

The golems are constructed from several rare earth elements, primarily specially-treated and magicked carbon. The cost of the whole process is 1,500 gold pieces per hit point, but only requiring a relatively short 1 month construction time. The fashioning of this sort of guardian requires the following spells to be cast in the process, by a magic-user of at least 20th level: WISH, POLYMORPH OBJECT, GEAS, PERMANENCY, and GLASSTEEL. In addition, an 18th level or higher illusionist accomplice must assist with the casting of ALTER REALITY twoards the beginning of the month's time. Once created, the Golem has a 10% chance of obeying only this visiting Illusionist, unless another ALTER REALITY spell is cast by that same spellcaster within a day of completion.

Carbonic Golems can understand simple commands as any other of their kind, and are highly sought-after for their permanent strength equalled only by giants, and twice that of an Iron Golem. They can cause 3 points of structural damage per round.

These blackened monstrosities can only be hit by +4 or better weapons, and are only affected by certain spells: TRANSMUTE ROCK TO MUD causes 1-10 hit points of damage to the Golem. STONE TO FLESH makes it vulnerable to non-magical physical attacks in the following round, but they will still only cause it half normal damage. LIGHTNING and FIRE attacks will actually restore hit points at a rate of 1 point per 1 point delivered. It has no other known weaknesses, making it an especially formidable foe.

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All artwork Copyright 2002 David C. Lovelace